If you accidentally over salt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a peeled potato, it will absorb the excess salt.

Place a slice of bread in hardened brown sugar to soften.

Marshmallow: To keep marshmallows from turning hard, store them in the freezer. When thawed, they're like fresh. To keep marshmallows from sticking together in the bag, toss a little powdered sugar into the bag and mix.

Wrap celery in aluminum foil before placing in the refrigerator, it will keep for weeks.

Storing Onions: For maximum flavor and long life, wrap your prized onions (like Vidalias) individually in newspaper and store in a cool, dark place.

Bread stale? Don't toss it out, cut it into cubes or process into crumbs; place in a freezer bag and freeze for later use in recipes.

Cottage cheese, sour cream and yogurt will stay fresh longer if the cartons are stored upside down. Just make sure the lids don't leak! Recycle the plastic containers you get at the deli or salad bar. They're great for storing leftovers or freezing small portions.

Stale Crackers:  To re-crisp stale crackers, spread them on a baking sheet and bake in a 300°F oven for 5 minutes. Cool completely and seal in an airtight container or plastic bag.

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